August 28, 2015
The Japanese expression “bukiyo” (clumsy) has a negative connotation, but it can also be used to imply something positive. The latter usage came into prominence after the...
August 26, 2015
Shimizu Corp. and IBM Japan Ltd. jointly developed a smartphone app to help visually impaired people navigate stairs, corridors, doors and other obstacles in buildings and...
August 21, 2015
In time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, free apps will help wheelchair users find optimal routes when moving between airports and competition venues.
July 27, 2015
In a bid to get foreign tourists to spend more, the economy ministry is developing a smartphone scanning system that provides product information in English and other languages.
July 25, 2015
As a disaster-preparedness step, the Japan Mountain Guides Association began providing real-time weather information on July 25 to encourage climbers to register their names...
June 12, 2015
A “second boom” in Internet on-demand video-streaming services has everyone clamoring for a piece of the action.
May 27, 2015
Teijin Ltd. said it will begin sales June 1 of the PaperBeacon, the world’s first surface-based authentication sheet that allows the sharing of information to specified users ...
April 27, 2015
The number of users reading comic books via smartphone apps is rapidly increasing, playing a big part in the nation's digital book market.
April 08, 2015
A university president has dialed up an Internet storm by telling students smartphones are making them dumb, and they should ditch them or get out of his university.
April 06, 2015
BEIJING--Once considered the biggest international pirate of intellectual property rights and a leading market of fake products, China now tops the world in terms of patent...
March 18, 2015
After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co. is doing an about-face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games ...
March 09, 2015
The first official "One Piece" game app was released in China in January for iPhones and Android-based smartphones.
March 03, 2015
Fujitsu Ltd. has developed technology that enables smartphone users to unlock their mobile devices by simply looking at them, the company said March 2.
February 10, 2015
Female senior high school students use their smartphones or cellphones an average of seven hours a day, drawn in by a plethora of apps that keep them connected to their friends,...
January 29, 2015
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia--Japanese researchers have developed a smartphone app to keep alive the fading memories of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake among...
January 21, 2015
IZUMISANO, Osaka Prefecture--Kansai International Airport has eased the way for overseas travelers with the Jan. 20 start of a smart-device service that offers tourist...
January 20, 2015
Smartphone users can now access information about areas at risk of natural disasters using a new map service offered by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI).
January 13, 2015
To encourage children to brush their teeth, toiletries manufacturer Sunstar Inc. has developed a smartphone app that allows users to simultaneously kill monsters and plaque.
December 26, 2014
Travelers waiting in selected All Nippon Airways Co.'s airport lounges can now pass the time reading free manga on their smartphones or tablet devices, thanks to a new service...
December 23, 2014
Sony Corp. has developed a device that enables users to lock or unlock doors at home or at the office with an app installed on their smartphones, sources said.